Gunstock Mountain is an awesome ski destination in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. It features incredible views of Lake Winnipesaukee, the Ossipee Range and even Mount Washington. If you are looking for some fantastic views in a quick ascent, this is a great option.

Distance: 2.2 Miles Round Trip (1.77 km)

Height: 2,245 feet (684 meters)

Elevation Gain: 1,140 feet (347 meters)

Difficulty: Easy

Duration: 2 hours


Gunstock Mountain Trail – 2.2 mile round trip

There are various ways to summit Gunstock, but the most popular and direct route to the summit is the Gunstock Mountain Trail located on Carriage Road in Gilford.

The Gunstock Mountain trail trailhead is located off of Carriage Road in Gilford (directions below), while the brook trail is located at Gunstock Mountain Ski Resort Parking lot.

Other routes include the Brook Trail, the overlook trail, and the ridge trail from Mount Rowe.

Trail Map

Gunstock Hiking Trail Map

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Belknap Range Trail Maps

Alternate Routes

Hikers may also choose to hike Mount Rowe with Gunstock in a 4.7 mile loops.


To Gunstock Mountain Trailhead

To Brook Trail

Weather Forecast

Laconia, NH

Partly cloudy, with a low around 46. East wind around 5 mph.

Scattered rain showers after 3pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 65. South wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday Night
Scattered rain showers before 7pm, then showers and thunderstorms between 7pm and 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

A slight chance of rain showers before 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 60. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Friday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 47. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

A chance of rain showers after 8am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 67. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Saturday Night
Rain showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Gunstock Mountain Summit

Photos Courtesy of Gunnar Stecher